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Coping with Allergic Reactions

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Listed below are some recommendations to help you deal with allergic reactions effectively.

Getting Adequate rest even with allergies – You can feel very tired and have problems sleeping if you suffer from nasal allergies. If you have an allergy treatment and prevention plan formulated by you and your doctor, you need to follow it to the letter. Other suggestions to let you be able to sleep well at night include:
Exercising regularly probably around at least three hours before your sleeping time – Exercising regularly can also help you relieve stress that might be the one causing you sleepless nights
Following your regular bedtime schedule – This means following a sleeping and a waking up schedule.
Avoiding or minimizing caffeine intake

Cleaning out pet dander – All cats and dogs come with animal dander that you may or may not be allergic to. Dander is the word for the dead skin cells of animals. Your pet’s saliva can also be an allergen for some people so if you suffer from pet allergies and have a pet you love, you need to bathe it at least once a week or even more if your pet is often outdoors especially during the pollen season. Make the room where you sleep off limits to your pet and keep all your upholstered surfaces off limits to it as well.

Keeping your home allergen-free – Mold and dust mites are typical allergens that need to be removed and the best way to do this is via a thorough house cleaning.  To achieve this you need to:
Apply a bleach solution to eradicate bathroom mold. If you see any liner, shower curtain or mat that has mold, throw them away.
Keep papers and books stored in shelf cabinets that are always closed.
Avoid keeping house plants if you can since mold often develops in their soil
Install an exhaust fan in the bathroom and use a dehumidifier in your basement
Avail of furnace and HEPA fllters that are specifically designed to trap allergens
To kill dust mites in your bedding wash them in hot water around 130 degrees Fahrenheit. Enclose mattresses and pillows in covers that are allergen-proof.

Allergy Medication – Antihistamines are over-the-counter allergy drugs that help relieve itchy eyes and runny nose symptoms.  These drugs, however, can cause a side effect such as drowsiness in a lot of people. The good news is that newer brands of antihistamines that are considered to have no drowsiness side effects are now sold in the market.

Other over-the-counter (OTC) nasal allergies medicines can also be used to offset allergic reactions. They may include nasal decongestants and nasal saline rinses. If these OTC medications don’t work you may need to set an appointment with an allergist to help identify the exact cause of your allergy and the degree of severity of your allergy. He can perform treatments that can include medications like antihistamines; prescription leukotriene inhibitors and nasal corticosteroids that lessen symptoms by addressing inflammation; and allergy shots that are also known as immunotherapy.

If you suffer from nasal allergies, the best thing to do is to avoid its triggers. This may be easier said than done since avoiding pollen in spring can almost be an impossible feat to accomplish.  You can avail of the news announcing pollen count for the day so that when the pollen count is high you can stay indoors and avoid being exposed to potential allergens. If you want to go outside, early morning or after a rainfall can be the best times to do it since pollen levels then are relatively low.

Some tips to consider before going outdoors.

During windy days, pollen is more likely to be borne by the wind making you at high risk for allergic reactions. Therefore, staying indoors may be a good idea during windy days.
When you arrive home after being outdoors, you need to remove your clothes and change to new ones as soon as possible. Also you need to bath or shower to wash away any pollen that might be lingering in your hair and skin.
Put your outside clothes in the laundry area and keep them far from the bathroom or bedroom. If you need to do some yard work, wear a face mask.

Written by Valerie

December 9th, 2013 at 2:57 am

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